Tool Steel Alloy For Binder Jetting Delivers High Hardness and Strength
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To meet the 3D metal printing market and its use of binder jetting technology—which uses an industrial printhead to selectively deposits a liquid binding agent onto a thin layer of powder particles—Digital Metal has expanded its portfolio to include DM D2, a tool steel alloy that is said to provide an effective combination of abrasive wear resistance and toughness. DM D2 is suitable for a wide range of applications, but most commonly for cutting and deformation tools.
According to Digital Metal, DM D2 is a versatile high-carbon, high-chromium D2 tool steel alloy that can be heat treated to high hardness and compressive strength. Hard enough to suit the task of stamping and forming other metals without losing its shape, it offers high wear resistance and is suitable in cold work applications that require sharp edges and abrasion resistance.
The steel alloy also delivers excellent surface finish and flexibility. The company adds that it is very stable during heat treatments, which allows for tailoring of the final material properties through various heat treatments after sintering.
Additive manufacturing can complement your subtractive manufacturing processes, establishing you as modern mold shop.
Why you should be aware of it and where it’s headed.
When it comes to the manufacture of jigs, fixtures and assembly tools, time-to-market for new products can be reduced, overall costs can be saved and the quality of the resulting components/production can increase with the use of additive fabrication—laser sintering and fused deposition modeling.